hopshopshops (4) - napoleon, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours very dark with little head. smells of chocolate. smooth taste, hops and chocolate and coffee all at the same time. easily the best beer from great lakes.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Has a roasted, malty and coffee aroma. Flavor is very well balance with a crisp finish with notes of malt, chocolate, coffee, and smoke.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Poured deep black with a good lasting light brown head (4.5). Aroma of dark roast nutty malt, hops, a touch of coffee and raisins, appealing spiciness emerges as it warms. Taste is burnt aromatic leaves, dray roast malt, toasted chestnuts, there’s some sweetness and spices underlying this - very grassy, quite odd - not unappealing, just odd. Decent body for a porter, extremely dry, this is a complex and difficult to pin down. A real sipper.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very impressive for a easily attainable, reasonably priced porter. Pours a dark black with a foamy (off) white head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Flavor is wonderfully choclately and creamy with a nicely sweet (and somewhat hoppy) aftertaste. Perhaps a bit of a maple flavor. Very thick in the mouth; one gets the flavor of hop when one licks the lips. Just a great porter.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 This is a re-rate. I think they must be doing something different now as previously I gave this a 3.4. On tap at Kuma’s. Deep brown, red around the edges, huge roasty character with coffee and chocolate shining through. Quite hoppy and robust. Just plain awesome.
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from OhioDad. Pours black with ruby highlights and a small frothy tan head. Sweet dark chocolate roasted caramel malt aroma with raisin and port notes. Bitter acidic hoppy start, creamy dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor. Dark and full bodied, lightly creamy, smooth palate.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap this nice porter hits full stride with a considerable, persistent off-white head and robust hoppy aroma. The hops in the nose subside slightly for a dry sweetness that is all porter roast malt. This parrellels the flavor of this well-balanced brew that is tad on the light side. Could gain a bit in impact and flavor if a little more alcohol and malt complexity were added. On the other hand, its refreshing when a good beer isn’t overdone. A good porter that is a standard bearer for the field.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had to break open a bottle I had been saving for Nov. 10th to commemerate the tragic accident with this excellent porter. Pours a dark brown with nice lacing and an off white head. Excellent mouthfeel, with just a little bitter chocolate, but well balanced with the hops. Nicely done porter.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Brown-black hued with average long lasting head with good lacing. Fresh flowery hop aroma. Full bodied with creamy texture that starts with slightly sweet malt with flowery hop and finishes with lingering bitterness. A very good hoppy bitter porter enjoyed on the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald at Lake Superior.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out a dark cola brown, very small off white head. Nose is of chocolate, slight coffee, even slighter malt, some descent malt backbone. Flavor is of chalk, cocoa powder takes the place of the milk chocolate, coffee seemed to be filtered from aroma to flavor also. But my wife surely noticed it after I kissed her after taking a swig. Not a favorite, but drinkable.